Cleveland Indians: Position Preview for 2021, Outfield

Josh Naylor #31 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Eddie Rosario, Cleveland Indians
Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Eddie Rosario

The addition of Eddie Rosario to the Cleveland Indians is most likely to be an upgrade in almost every way imaginable. The reasoning is two-fold. On one hand, Rosario is a very solid player across the board. On the other hand, the Indians outfield has been abysmal the past few years.

For starters, Rosario is a natural corner outfielder, but can play anywhere he’s needed. Most of his playing time has been in left field, but he has proved to have the ability to move around the outfield and be effective. Over the course of his career he has a .976 fielding percentage, committing a total of 31 errors on 1,271 chances.

At the plate, it’s more of the same story of doing a bit of everything. His rookie season he showcased his speed with a league-leading 15 triples that earned him Rookie of the Year consideration, but lately the eyes have moved to his power. In 2019 he has 32 home runs and last year he had 15 in the shortened season, receiving MVP consideration in both seasons.

A potential power bat and consistent glove are two things that are sometimes rare to find in an outfielder. The fact that the Indians not only signed one, but on a rather cheap deal could make a huge difference in the upcoming season.